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The Guide to Building Your Own Library

Updated on December 4, 2017
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Lanecia is a writer and blogger who enjoys inspiring others through self-help articles.


Libraries are the light of the world. They give hope to millions of people in search of truth and enlightenment on a daily basis.

If you are a book lover and wisdom seeker, the library is the place you'll want to go to find your treasure. It's great to visit your library often, but what about creating your own for home use?

Libraries provide the books for us to use and give back after a certain time period, but sometimes we don't get to finish or, perhaps we would like to keep it for ourselves.

If you find that you often want to read the same title twice or refer to them from time to time, here are some ways you can create a library of your own.


Go to the Library

We just talked about the library, but it will play an important part in creating your own library for home use.

Think about the types of books that you like to read. If you are not sure, try exploring different sections of the library. Determine the type of books that are useful for you.

Take a look and see what is appealing to you and borrow what you find amusing.

Usually the library will give you a couple of weeks to enjoy your chosen title, which is more than enough time to get a feel for the books you've chosen.

If you find that you can't go a day without reading a page or if there are some useful tips that can be applied to real life; this is a great opportunity to consider purchasing the book for home use.


Visit the Thrift Store

Thrift stores are great places to find all types of books from fantasy and fiction to cooking up your first 3-course meal.

Not only are you getting books at a discounted rate, you may also get lucky and score books for half price during extra discount days.

Some thrift stores even provide coupons where you can save even more! Keep in mind that these books are often donated by individuals and organizations who have no use for them anymore.

Just be sure to check out the condition of the books you choose for lose or missing pages. Sometimes with a little tape or craft glue, it can become as good as new.


Go to The Bookstore

Stores such as Barnes & Noble sell all types of books that you can purchase online and in person. Sometimes they may sell books for a discounted price, or offer membership discounts.

There are also book stores such as Half Priced Books where you can purchase books online and in-person as well. These books are usually sold for half of the original price or more, which makes it an even better deal.

Also, don't forget the local book stores in your area that may sell used or new books. Sometimes you can find unique books that are not sold in big retail bookstore settings.


Check Online

With the happy days of internet usage, there are hundreds of online bookstores available at your dispense.

From used books to new books, anything you need to find or would like to know about is available to buy on the internet.

Stores such as are making strides in providing you with books you'll love to read. Many of these stores also have discounted rates and membership perks to help you save and not break the bank.

Be sure to research the store's internet security system as it relates to your credit or bank card information. You will want to protect yourself from any type of identity theft during online transactions.


Ask Your Friends

As book lovers, we may have book lover friends who are just as enthusiastic about books as we are.

Ask your family and friends about books they would like to get rid of that are not being put to good use.

Oftentimes they may have some just lying around waiting to be captured. Offer a good price and ask if they would be willing to sell them to you.

Ask them about their home library and ways they search and find books for home use. By doing this, you'll get an idea of the types of books that are useful and ones you'll want to buy for yourself.

Visit the Attic

Visiting the attic can be one of the most unforgettable experiences of a lifetime. Not only can you find interesting artifacts from the past, you may run into some old books that you can dust off as well.

If you have grandparents or know people with an attic that may house hidden treasures, ask for their permission to utilize their old books.

Most of the time they will be willing to get rid of the old junk, especially if it will be put to good use. Don't forget about basements as well.

Usually you can find old and useful books in basements, just be sure to watch out for moisture and insects that can damage the condition of the books.


You've Got Your Library Now What?

Now that you have chosen the best books for your library, you can now set up and store your books for easy access.

Usually when we think about a home library, we think about a fancy, built-in bookshelf to the ceiling equipped with a computer desk and lavish home office.

Keep in mind this may be the typical home library image, but it does not have to be your version of a library.

You can store your books any way you choose, just be sure they are easy to access and don't become damaged by any elements.

Happy searching, and thanks for reading!

© 2017 Lanecia Smith


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